Lifehack: Plan a trip in advance for the New Year holidays

It’s mid-October on the calendar – a good time to think about plans for the New Year, if you haven’t done so sooner. In 2023, the holidays will last eight days, from January 1 to January 8. Here’s how to plan a trip to New Year’s Eve and save money at the same time.

Decide on a holiday

The choice of location depends on what you are going to do over the New Year vacations.

For a beach holiday in late December – January are well suited, for example, the United Arab Emirates, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam. The temperature stays around +25 ° C, the sun shines and you can swim in the sea.

The most beautiful Christmas fairs look for in Tallinn, Budapest, Vienna, Brussels and Prague. Of course, at Christmas and New Year in the cities are a lot of tourists, but the atmosphere is truly festive.

If you want cool, sunny weather and cultural attractions, but do not want to spend too much money on a trip, go to Georgia, Turkey, Armenia or Azerbaijan. Russian tourists do not need a visa to all these countries.

Winter activities are varied. For waves and surfing, go to Bali, Sri Lanka, Morocco, or Portugal (the latter two are for confident athletes). You can go skiing and snowboarding in the resorts of Sochi, Elbrus, Finland, Switzerland, and Austria, and go hiking or trekking in South Africa and the Canary Islands. Another way to spend a vacation active – to go to an organized surf or ski camp.

Calculate your budget

The budget per person depends on the type of holiday and your needs, so everything is very individual. When planning a trip for New Year’s Eve allocate an amount for each participant of the trip taking into account the New Year’s Eve dinner, gifts, excursions and other entertainment.

During the New Year period ski passes to ski resorts are more expensive than ever. It makes sense to buy ski passes in advance online – you can save up to half the cost and avoid the queues at the ticket office.

If you have a long flight to your destination, save a day or two to deal with possible jet lag. By the way, if your flight takes place on the night of December 31, you can celebrate the New Year several times. This requires moving from east to west. In addition, there is a chance to have fun on board the plane, greeting your neighbors on New Year’s Eve.

When choosing a hotel, consider its location, other travelers’ reviews and ratings, as well as the availability of food. In an unfamiliar region it is convenient to have at least breakfast in the hotel. If you are ready for a vivid experience, choose an unusual hotel: a glass igloo or a house in a tree. Authentic lodging options – apartments and flats to feel like a local – are available on Airbnb.

A well-planned vacation will give you strength during the last working weeks of the year. December 31 is still more than two months away, so you have every chance to do all the things you have planned in time to go on vacation with a clear conscience.